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House joins Senate in funding FSIS inspectors; industry reacts
The National Cattlemen's Beef Association and other industry groups are applauding the House approval of H.R. 933, the continuing resolution containing a similar amendment to the Senate's version, ensuring federal food inspections will not be interrupted by furloughs.
Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute was among the coalition of industry associations referenced in this piece that successfully secured funding to ensure FSIS facility inspections were not halted, thus avoiding possible food facility shut-downs.
Welcome to the new normal in food safety
Food traceability — a powerful tool to mitigate risks across food supply chains — does not guarantee food safety and integrity. Even so, the challenge of tracking food products and ingredients upstream and downstream touches on the core of what is required to manage risks posed by the new normal in the business of food and agriculture.
Senators seek to cut funds for US sugar purchases
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Senators are targeting sugar purchases by the Department of Agriculture aimed at keeping prices high.
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House acts to keep government running; bill heads to White House
The Washington Post
Congress approved a short-term funding bill Thursday that ends the possibility of a federal government shutdown next week. But a broader budget battle about taxes and spending for the year is just beginning.
Tax reform on hold in Senate amid fight over deficit reduction
Prospects for tax reform in Congress are in limbo because of a fight over whether the effort should raise revenue to reduce the deficit. The dispute has held action by the Senate Finance Committee, which has not begun preliminary work on overhauling the tax code.
RNC, Romney operatives launch new firm
Mitt Romney's campaign manager and the Republican National Committee's research director are launching a new outside group that hopes to be the GOP's answer to the Democratic opposition research group American Bridge.
Chuck Schumer: 'Gang of 8' close to immigration deal
With activists and lawmakers anxious to see an immigration bill, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and other members of the Gang of 8 seemed optimistic Thursday that a deal was within reach.
Documents reveal OMB edits of FSMA preventive controls proposal
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
The preventive controls proposal that FDA sent to the White House Office of Management and Budget, way back in November 2011, would have required food companies to conduct environmental and finished product testing, maintain supplier verification programs and track consumer complaints. But the OMB struck the requirements, reveals a stunning set of documents recently made available by the Department of Health and Human Services, FDA's parent agency.
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FarmEcon: Blame the ethanol mandate for growing political unrest
The Poultry Site
The president of FarmEcon LLC suggests reductions in the affordability of food resulting from increased U.S. ethanol fuel production can be blamed for growing global political unrest. A FarmEcon study shows increased ethanol production has coincided with dramatic increases in the cost of food production and decreased food affordability.
Calculator shows water footprint of foods
Scientists at Sustain have developed the U.K.'s most comprehensive water footprint calculator, which shows the water footprint of a full meal. The calculator was developed as part of the World Water Day initiative.
Related: Perfect storm: Food, water, growing population and changing climate (Leader-Post)
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World's biggest study of food allergies gets underway
The University of Manchester
The world's biggest-ever study of allergies — spearheaded by the University of Manchester in the U.K. — officially gets underway today. Experts from the U.K., Europe, Australia and the U.S. will study ways to better manage food-based allergies at every level of production and consumption.
Related: Is hay fever linked to fast food? (USA Weekend)
Study: Toddler food swimming in salt
Most packaged meals and snacks marketed to toddlers have more than the recommended amount of sodium per serving, meaning children as young as 1 are most likely eating far too much salt, according to one of several studies on sodium presented this week at an American Heart Association scientific conference.
Related: Adults consuming almost double recommended sodium (Laboratory Equipment)
Sustainable supply seen as emerging future risk for food companies
Food safety, quality and financial issues are considered the top three risks to business for most food companies, but sustainable supply is emerging as a growing area of concern, according to a new survey from DNV Business Assurance.
Americans would rather give up TV than cheese
According to a recent survey, 96 percent of Americans are cheese eaters — and most of them would rather be stripped of connectivity or TV than have this food staple removed from their diet.
Small food firms miss out on energy savings
Food Manufacture UK
Small-scale food and drink manufacturers are missing out on cash savings and damaging their reputations by failing to apply the latest energy-saving technology, claims Atlas Copco.
Researchers find food waste could fuel rural areas
Murdoch University researchers are touting biogas from small-scale food waste digesters as a source of renewable energy for rural and regional communities.
Smithfield could unlock 23 percent gain with breakup
Smithfield Foods Inc. risks missing out on a 23 percent gain for shareholders by ignoring demands to sell its hog farms. While CEO C. Larry Pope says selling the farms would be a mistake, Credit Suisse Group AG expects increasing pressure from investors for a breakup to enhance Smithfield's focus on packaged meats.
Frozen appetizer growth leads to expansion
QMI Agency via Chatham Daily News
Canada-based Cavendish Appetizers is hiring between 35 and 40 additional workers to accommodate surging sales of the company's food products, including pickles and beans, but mostly onion rings.
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